Shopping The guide was updated:Bournemouth is the commercial hub and shopping destination for the whole of the county of Dorset and offers a wide range of all the latest worldwide stores, together with thriving boutique and bohemian shopping experiences. For all the biggest names under one roof you can try either the Quadrant Centre on Old Christchurch Road, The Avenue Shopping Centre on Commercial Road or the massive Castlepoint Shopping Park on Castle Lane West.
The smaller boutique and specialist shops are to be found in the town centre in the streets around The Square. These streets are mostly car-free and make for pleasant promenades. There are a number of old Victorian shopping arcades with clothing boutiques, jewellers and art shops including the Bournemouth Arcade linking Westover Road with Old Christchurch Road. Westover Road is Bournemouth’s answer to London’s Sloane Street with the latest designer clothing boutiques. On Old Christchurch Road, you will find the traditional department stores Beales and Dingles.
The district just west of the town centre, Westbourne, is known for its designer clothes and interior design shops. It also has its own Victorian shopping arcade, while Boscombe, to the east of the town centre, has an excellent street market Thursdays and Saturdays. Here you can find fresh produce and clothing and the area near Pokesdown is good for antiques shops.